pressure. “I lived a healthy lifestyle beforehand, so I made
no major changes, but I am more aware of my heart and
I do think more about ways to be proactive in keeping my
heart healthy,” she said.
Lauri doesn’t remember, but her husband, Ray, told
her that in the days between Thanksgiving and her heart
attack, she had several instances of lightheadedness and
shortness of breath.
“I had been planning to go in to my doctor during the
break because I had not been sleeping well and had been
under a lot of stress,” Lauri said. “I just wasn’t feeling like
myself. I just didn’t realize.”
The Evanses had tremendous support from families
and friends at the school and their church. “People did our
laundry, played with our kids, cleaned our house, ran our
errands,” Lauri said. “It was amazing, and it helped Ray and
our kids so much. Ray has been a true hero for our family in
offering his strength and faith and leadership to us through
the shock of the event and through my recovery.”
Lauri’s heart attack had salutary effects on her family.
“SCAD has so many causes that we almost learned about
heart disease because of what SCAD is not,” she said.
“For instance, to understand why my heart attack wasn’t
a ‘typical’ heart attack, we first had to learn about what
different factors contribute to a ‘typical’ heart attack. To
learn why I was on a medicine for a short time but not
long term, we had to learn about why it would normally be
prescribed and why that wasn’t an issue for me.”
After being released from College Station Medical Center
on Dec. 30, Lauri signed up herself, her five-person school
staff and several parents for CPR training through CPR
“You may not need it very many times, but when you do
need it, it is so essential,” Lauri said. “I’d had CPR in the
past, but I began to realize that many people have never
had a CPR class.”
Her why? “Everyone realized that Betty being present
was the first factor in my survival and that made me see
how CPR is a life-or-death issue. I haven’t had any damage
to my heart, and I’m running again. I wanted to make sure
that we had made our best effort to make sure our families,
teachers, and students were safe!”
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Lauri shares her story.